-The ghosts of the landscape (trailer)

Its olive trees ravaged by the Xylella pandemic and its fields parched by drought, Salento is literally a tinderbox. Small fires break out all the time, and where once you would have seen crowds of people working frantically to save their family’s trees, today you see absolutely nothing, as trunks that stood for centuries burn and crumble into ashes, and nobody cares.

-Necro-forestry in Salento

View this post on Instagram A post shared by János Chialá (@janosino) The owner of this field signed a contract with a firm, which also operates the largest olive oil mill in the area, to have all of his trees eradicated, ground into chipped wood and shipped to a biomass power plant in Calabria, some 500 km away, a sorry ending for these majestic trees that used to be the pride of the region.

-Epidemia 01:
Gli ulivi di Puglia al tempo della Xylella

Nel 2013 il batterio Xylella fastidiosa, subspecie pauca è stato rilevato in Puglia, e la sua presenza è stata subito messa in relazione ai disseccamenti degli ulivi segnalati dagli agricoltori nelle campagne di Gallipoli, nel Salento. Secondo le leggi dell’Unione Europea la Xylella è un “patogeno da quarantena”, cioè un organismo da tenere fuori dello spazio comunitario in ogni sua forma, poiché è ritenuto una causa potenziale di danni enormi all’ecosistema e all’economia di interi territori.